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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

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Glenn Greenwald
Guardian Reporter
KGO 07/28/2013
Greenwald continued 5: James Clapper that says the NSA has exceeded even the legal authority that it acknowledges it has. And they write it off to inadvertent key strokes or technological confusion. The real issue here is that what the NSA does is done in complete secrecy. Nobody really monitors who they're eavesdropping on. The question of abuse is one that Congress should be investigating much more aggressively.
Saxby Chambliss
U.S.Senator R-Georgia, Vice-Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
KGO 07/28/2013
Stephanopoulos: You're the vice chair of the intelligence committee right now. Would it surprise you if it turns out what he's reporting there is true? That low-level officials have the capability to read e-mails, net traffic, listen to phone calls? Chambliss: George, it wouldn't just surprise me, shock me. I was at the NSA just last week. Spent a couple hours out there with high and low level NSA officials. What I have been assured of is there is no capability
Saxby Chambliss
U.S. Senator (R-Georgia), Vice-Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
KGO 07/28/2013
Chambliss continued: And at NSA for anyone without a court order to listen to any telephone conversation or to monitor any e-mail. In fact we don't monitor e-mails. That's what kind of assures me that what the reporting is not correct. Because no e-mails are monitored now. They used to be, but that stopped two or three years ago. So I feel confident that -- that there may have been some abuse,
Saxby Chambliss
U.S. Senator (R-Georgia), Vice-Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
KGO 07/28/2013
Chambliss continued 2: but if it was, it was pure accidental. Stephanopoulos: Senator Durbin, do you believe that, and second, we also want to talk about the vote referenced by Glenn Greenwald. That close vote in the house this week where the NSA bulk collection program did survive. But some of your democratic colleagues you’re going to be pushing to end it in the Senate as well, where do you stand on that? Durbin: this was an amazing vote. It came within six votes of challenging an intelligence operation. That doesn't happen very often. Hardly at all. it's an indication of a healthy democracy where the oversight
Dick Durbin
U.S. Senator, Majority Whip
KGO 07/28/2013
Durbin continued: of Congress on even security issues is important. The last time I called this same issue for a vote, an amendment I offered the Senator judiciary committee, Senator Mike Lee, republican of Utah and I co-sponsored it, only one other Senator joined us in that vote. It's clear that the sentiment is growing for oversight. And I think that the efforts by Senators Wyden and Mark Udall as well as Jeff Merkley it's going to increase that effort for oversight. That's a healthy thing.
Dick Durbin
U.S. Senator, Majority Whip
KGO 07/28/2013
Stephanopoulos: will you vote for that amendment? Durbin: yes, I will. In fact, I sponsored it. I really believe we should limit the-is meta data collection. The notion we're going to collect all of the phone records of everyone living in an area code on the off-chance that someone in that area code may be a suspect at a later time goes way too far. And there should be another step, these FISA courts, there should be a real court proceeding. In this case, it's fixed in a way, it's loaded. there's only one case coming before the FISA's case, the government's case.
Dick Durbin
U.S. Senator, Majority Whip
KGO 07/28/2013
Let's have an advocate for someone standing up for civil liberties to speak up about the privacy of Americans when they make each of the decisions, and let’s release some of the transcripts, carefully redacted so people understand the debate that’s going on in these courts. Stephanopoulos: so Senator Chambliss, support for ending that program seems to be growing. Can you defeat the amendment, number one, and number two, what kind of reforms can you support?
Saxby Chambliss
U.S. Senator (R-Georgia), Vice-Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
KGO 07/28/2013
Chambliss continued 1A: well, certainly it's good to have a healthy debate on this issue, George. I agree with Dick that the right kind of oversight is absolutely necessary. We have got oversight of this program. Both by the department of Justice, by NSA, by the FISA court, by the Intelligence committees, by the Judiciary committee. There is no other program in the intelligence community that has as much oversight as this one, because people deserve to have their privacy protected.
Saxby Chambliss
U.S. Senator (R-Georgia), Vice-Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
KGO 07/28/2013
Chambliss continued 2A: I do think that we're going to have to make some changes to make things more transparent. Whether we should go as far as what dick's alluded to, I'm not sure but what that jeopardizes a program. And let's don't forget, we have got to reach the right kind of balance between protecting Americans and giving 100% protection on the privacy side. We should never invade any American citizen's privacy.
Mike Rogers
Representative (R-Mich.), Chair, House Select Committee on Intelligence,
KNTV 07/28/2013
There are no names and no addresses in this database. There's more information on an envelope that you fill out and stick in the mailbox than are in this database. This is billing records that already exist. They said we just need to put them in one place and hold them longer so we have a number to compare them to. So they're not calling them. They're not doing pattern analysis. Here's the best news of all. In this program, zero privacy violations, 54 terrorist, violent terrorist attacks, thwarted. That's a pretty good record. That's a great record.
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